Author: Lia Marvell

New | Wish Bracelets for all occassions

Wish bracelets – Get ready to make a wish

Wish Bracelets - cover

We are delighted and so pleased that we are now stocking gorgeous Wish Bracelets from Handmade by Erin with Love.  All these lovely Wish Bracelets are handmade in the UK and really are so pretty and make perfect gifts for all occasions.

We have decided to stock Wish Bracelets that would fit in with the occasions we focus on. We have bracelets that are suitable for: Baby Showers, Birthdays, motivational quotes and more adult themed bracelets ready for the new addition of adult birthday party supplies.

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Happy New Year | Welcome 2018

Happy New Year | Welcome 2018

Happy New Year!

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and a great start to 2018!

We have come back to work and have lots of exciting things in the pipeline for Party Ease this year.

This includes the introduction of some more adult style ranges, that will be perfect for grown up birthdays parties or a get together with family and friends.

We are also looking at introducing Birthday Boxes that can be posted out and a few other introductions.

So make sure your subscribed to our blog posts and stay tuned to see what will be available shortly.

Halloween Party Checklist

Halloween Party Checklist

Halloween Party Checklist

so you can make sure you have everything for a spooktacular Halloween

With Halloween only a few weeks away it is prime time to make sure you have everything that you will need to throw a fabulous Halloween Party. So, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a Halloween Party Checklist. This will help you make sure you get everything you need for a spooktacular Halloween.

Halloween Party Food

When thinking about what food to serve, take into consideration what you would normally serve and then give it a Halloween twist. Give hot dogs a gory twist with plenty of blood (tomato ketchup) to go on top. Jelly is a great dish to serve at a Halloween Party – due to all the different colours of jelly you can buy to make. Plus after you have made it you can add in a variety of sweet worms and other gruesome treats to make up a bug infested swamp!

Halloween Photo Booth

With the venue decorated and the possibility of those attending dressed up a photo booth is a great addition to a Halloween party. Add in some Halloween themed props: Witches Hats, Broomsticks, plastic rats and anything else you have and you are pretty much good to go.  You could also buy some Halloween themed photo booth props, check out the ones we have over on the Party Ease shop. You will find them here: https://www.partyease.co.uk/product-category/halloween/halloween-party-bags-fun/

Music

Creating the perfect Halloween atmosphere is easily done with some music been played in the background. Have a look online and create a playlist or even check out the shops for a themed CD…make sure you have Thriller and The Monster Mash!

Camera

Make sure you catch some spooktacular moments during the party and have a camera at hand. Make sure batteries are charged and it is easily reached when needed.

Pumpkins

What is Halloween without a Pumpkin? I wouldn’t like to find out. So make sure you have plenty of carved pumpkins dotted around the party venue. You could also get the party guests involved and they could carve their own pumpkin to take home with them at the end of the night.

Also, don’t forget the tealights or LED lights to light up all those Jack O’Lanterns!

Sweets

Make sure you stock up and have plenty of sweets and treats ready for the party. Also make sure you have some put aside for any Trick or Treaters, if you are having the party on the 31st, that may come later in the evening.

Drinks

As with the food you can also make drinks with a spooky touch. Serve up drinks in spooky cups and add some Halloween straws. You could also make some gruesome drinks by adding gummy sweets crawling out of the glasses or pour lemonade on to the top of fruit juice to make a foamy potion.

How about making a punch (bowl of juice) and add a frozen floating hand into the bow. To do this fill a plastic glove with water and freeze, you could even add some food colouring to the water. Place the glove into the freezer to freeze and once frozen peel off the glove and add into the punch bowl.

Check out these straws and add these Spooky Spider Straws from the Party Ease shop into drinks to give them added scare factor.

Party Bags

Kids love a party bag and why should a Halloween party be any different. There are lots of themed party bags that you can buy and fill with some treats and the odd trick!

Decor

For a Halloween party less is definitely not more. More is definitely more! You have so much that you can do for decorating the party venue. Decorations could fit in with a theme if you have one. Or you could just go all spooky out with spiders, web and anything else Halloweeny. Balloons are a great thing to get and create the atmosphere and set the scene straight away.

Tableware

Make sure that you get all you need including plates, cups, napkins and a tablecover. Make a note of how many guests you have coming, so you know how many of each item you will need. It is always a good idea to get extra plates and napkins. As these are the things that get used a lot more often. Plus any left over napkins are always useful to wrap up cake, if having. For guests to take home and can easily be put into party bags.

Costumes

There are so many Halloween costumes & accessories to buy so make sure you get one early. Most supermarkets have a variety of costumes, so is always a good idea to have a look around. If you are planning to wear a costume at the party, make sure you let all the guests know. So they too have time to get a Halloween costume to wear.

Games and Prizes

Games are a great idea to play at Halloween parties. Even the classic party games can be given a Halloween twist.

If you are having younger children attend, a Halloween Pass the Parcel is a great game to play. Plus the Halloween music will come in as well. Get a Halloween themed prize and then wrap in Halloween paper or even orange and black tissue paper. Make sure you have enough extra sweets to go in between the layers. Another good game to play for slightly older children to play is Apple Bobbing. Then all you really need to buy is a bag of apples.

Any games that are played make sure you pick up a few little prizes for the winners. These only need to be something small like some Halloween chocolate lollies or even a small Halloween themed toy.

Make sure you check out our Halloween section for some great Halloween tableware, decorations, photo booth props and much more! https://www.partyease.co.uk/product-category/halloween/

 

 

 

The Lion King | A king of a production!

The Lion King | A king of a production!

The theatre has always been a love of mine. Ever since I was younger and was taken to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat starring Jason Donovan in the lead role. Since then it has been a love of mine and I have been luckier enough to go and see several musical productions on stage.

The Lion KingLast week I was lucky enough to go and see Disney’s The Lion King, in London’s West End.

Now I am also a massive Disney fan.  I love all the films – especially the classics and I believe that you are never to old for a Disney movie.

So for two of my loves to have come together in one production, it just had to be seen.

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Alternative Party Ideas

Alternative Party Ideas

Coming up with interesting and new party ideas year after year can be a challenge. Having something different from what classmates have had and thinking of something totally original can be a nightmare. So I thought I would have a look and share some alternative party ideas with you. Ideas that are a little bit different but most importantly will be lots of fun.

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Making Birthday Cake

Making Birthday Cake

Making Birthday cake

Ready, set, Bake

Birthday Cakes can be an expensive purchase! Doing a bit of research online and even birthday cakes from a supermarket can cost anything from £10 up to £50! That is a lot of money to spend on one purchase. Not to mention everything else you will need to get for the party.

So, lets consider baking and making birthday cake!

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10 Tips to Throwing a Children’s Party on a Budget

10 Tips to Throwing a Children’s Party on a Budget

10 Tips to throwing a Children’s Party on a Budget

Throwing your child a birthday party doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are looking for some cost saving tips here are our 10 top tips to help cut cost.  But not cut out any of the fun.

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Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday

Welcome to the new addition to the Party Ease Blog, Foodie Fridays! We love food at Party Ease HQ and a party is nothing without food and especially cake!

Every Friday we will be sharing recipes, themed food ideas and anything else food related! Plus it is a great time to launch with the return of the Great British Bake Off which started again on Tuesday – what was everyone’s thoughts?

Today’s recipe is Refrigerator cake.

Technically it is not a cake, but it is equally yummy.  Plus takes no time at all to make, no baking required and is a great recipe for children to get involved with.

Ingredients

  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 300g melted chocolate – this can be a mix of dark and milk
  • 100g melted butter
  • 150g golden syrup

Method

  1. Line a 20cm square tin with cling film, leaving extra cling film overlapping the sides (this will make removing the cake from the tin a lot easier)
  2. Place biscuits in a plastic bag and bash the biscuits into small pieces – stop before it gets to crumbs
  3. Melt chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stir occassionally
  4. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the biscuits
  5. Spoon the mixture into the tin and press down
  6.  Leave to cool and then place in the fridge to set for around 1-2 hours
  7. Turn the cake out of the tin and remove the cling film. Cut into squares and enjoy!

This is a basic recipe which you can personalise and make it your own. For example: by adding some dried fruit, marshmallows, changing the type of biscuits to even adding some of your favourite chocolate coated sweets.  The options are endless!

Happy baking and don’t forget to share any photos of your bakes with us.

 

 

 

Gender Reveal Party

Gender Reveal Party

Gender Reveal Party | will it be a boy or a girl

Finding out the gender of a baby must be a very exciting time for parents. Some couples wait until the baby is born to find out the gender. But some parents are happy to share this information with their nearest and dearest via a Gender Reveal or a Gender Reveal Party.

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Baby Shower Ideas

Baby Shower Ideas

Baby Showers are an increasing trend, that is becoming more and more popular following on from the American tradition.  They are the celebration of a soon to be arrival of a new baby.  The mother to be is “showered” with gifts for herself and the baby as well. A baby shower is traditionally organised by a close friend and is normally held 4-8 weeks before the due date.

Showers were traditionally held for the first baby and only women were invited – both these traditions are slowly been broken. Showers for the mum and dad are growing and I can imagine these really beginning to take off.

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities – Eda J. LeShan

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Halloween time

“When Witches go riding, and black cats are seen, The moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.” – Author Unknown

With Halloween just 11 weeks away, it is time to get ready for an eerie Halloween. Even if you are planning a small get together with family, a small tea party with school friends or something larger, we have a great selection of Halloween goodies suitable for any party occasion.

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Children’s Birthday Party Checklist

Children’s Birthday Party Checklist

planning a Children’s birthday party

Planning a birthday party can be daunting. Especially if you don’t have much experience of organising parties or if this is your first. But do not worry we have put together a 2 page Children’s birthday party checklist for you. This will make organising the party a lot easier..

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Children’s birthday party checklist

The checklist is in a PDF file format.  So you can download it, print it or do both. So you will always have a copy with you when you need it and will be able to take it with you when you go shopping etc

With this checklist you will have more of an idea/ time scale of when to send out invites, when to order party supplies, buy food and much more.

These are only guidelines and some of the items may not be relevant to your party or there may be something that you need to do for your party that we have not included. If we haven’t included something leave it in the comments section below and we will update the checklist.

Or if you have any tips that you find useful when organising a party, then please leave them in the comments section. We would love to see them!

Happy planning!

Children’s Birthday Party Checklist